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post #1 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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helpful hints anyone?

Hi guys,

Installing my lift today in my 02 WJ. Any helpful hints with unbolting the top of the old shocks?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 01:56 PM
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There should be a spot at the top of the stud to hold them with a wrench or socket while you loosen the nut.

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If you are replacing the front shocks with new ones, use a big vice grip to clamp onto the shock shaft, then use a socket/long extension to break off the upper nut. Or if you have a 4" angle grinder, use a cut off wheel and just cut the shock shaft off at the lower top mounting bushing.
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 02:53 PM
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When I did mine that was the hardest/longest part. On the passenger side especially I didn't have a lot of room, needed a stubby wrench and fraction of turns to tighten the new one down... took 5-10 min. just on that one...

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 02:56 PM
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To remove the shock's top bolt, Nicholas grabbed the shock bolt directly below the bushing washer with a pair of plyers while I unscrewed the nut on the top side with an extension and an impact wrench (if you don't have one, get one. It makes this job so much easier!).

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-08-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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I used a grinder to flatten the piston rod, then used vice grips and 15mm to crank the nut off. worked great

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-09-2013, 08:23 AM
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I used vice grips on the old shocks at the very top. My new ones have a nut welded to the top to aid in removal. I also used air tools which made the job super easy.

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